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winter wallop. after much of the northeast is blanketed by several inches of snow, a deep and frigid cold spell gets ready to settle in. >> put on the ski suit, break out the scarf and head bands, and you're good. subcompact concerns. a new study shows a popular class of cars may not hold up well in a crash. and a new weapon in the fight against obesity. what's inside a pill may help you shed the pounds. >> it's made me feel so much better in myself. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, january 22nd, 2014. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green.
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well, it is the fiercest blast of winter we've seen this season, and it's going to get more intense. a winter weather system stretching more than a thousand miles is beginning to move out into the atlantic ocean this morning, but it won't be completely gone until this afternoon. on tuesday it swept into the northeast, slamming some of the biggest cities in the nation. the storm is creating headaches on the roadways and runways. more than a thousand flights have been canceled for today. philadelphia is practically on snow shutdown. schools will be closed again today with more than a foot of snow falling on the city of brotherly love, but the city's signature cheesesteak joints managed to keep on cooking despite the wintry weather. in washington, d.c., it will be back to work for federal employees, many of whom enjoyed a day off tuesday. there was enough snow to toss snowballs around the nation's capital for the first time in years, and while it may have
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delighted some, the snowfall has others already thinking of warmer weather. but that will have to wait. temperatures are expected to stay bitter cold for weeks to come. marlie hall is here in new york where nearly a foot of snow is on the ground. good morning, marlie. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. and all that snow yesterday made it the snowiest january 21st on record, and while the worst of the snowfall is over, the biggest concerns now are the freezing temperatures and strong winds that are making it feel even colder. snowplows worked through the night to clear roadways before the morning commute in the northeast. communities between philadelphia and boston took the biggest hit. more than a foot of snow fell in some areas. >> i couldn't see out of my windshield, and my wipers had ice, so i had to clean them up. >> reporter: it was a dangerous trip home for millions tuesday. >> i had to stop, yeah, a couple of times. >> reporter: you couldn't see.
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>> no. >> reporter: at least three people were hurt when the bus slid off a bank in roxbury, new jersey. the airport was forced to ground thousands of flights yesterday and more have been cancelled for this morning. >> it's going to take some time to get things back to normal. so we're going to see some ripple effects probably throughout the week. >> reporter: as the snow moves away, we're now being hit with bitter arctic air and windchills are making it feel like it's well below zero. >> prolonged weather is dangerous. people should stay home to the maximum extent possible. >> reporter: the frigid air isn't going away anytime soon. that means it could be a record cold game when super bowl xlviii kicks off in less than two weeks. the bitterly cold temperatures are causing fuel prices to skyrocket. propane users can now expect to spend between $100 and $200 to fill their tanks. anne-marie? >> marlie hall here in new york. thank you, marlie. well, meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz
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has more on this giant weather system. >> reporter: we'll continue to track this storm throughout the morning hours. it will be winding down, but we can expect impacts into massachusetts. as we head through morning the snow starts to transition toward far southeastern massachusetts and by the afternoon all the snow winds down. it leaves a lot of snow in its wake. many folks looking at 6 to 12 inches. 4 to 8 in greater d.c. turn to the cold, a big part of the story. the snow well below average across central u.s. teens as far south as tennessee. i'd love to say things are going to warm up sometime soon. it does not seem to be the case. we're talking bitter cold that should stretch through the next 7 to 10 days, winter definitely striking hard this winter. i'm eric fisher for cbs news. along the west coast, the weather's generally warm and dry, but on the coast of california, they are expecting some of the biggest waves of the year, some up to 15 feet high. the same pressure system that's
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forcing all that bitter cold weather into the rest of the country is producing the big surf. now to next month's olympic games in sochi, russia. president obama talked with russian president vladimir putin yesterday about security issues. the u.s. will station about 40 fbi agents in russia to help with security. meanwhile russian officials continue their search for potential female terrorists, one of whom may already be in sochi. bob orr has our report. >> reporter: russian police say they shot and killed a wanted islamic leader in the northern caucasus region tuesday. the area is a hotbed for radicals planning possible attentions against the sochi winter olympics just over two weeks from now. cbs has learned that one of the so-called black widows who may have been trained in suicide bombings was also killed by russian authority bus they're looking for ruzana ibragimova.
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her husband was killed in the past. she and one other may have already been dispatched to attack the olympics. juan zarate served on george w. bush's national security team and worked on security plans for several olympics. >> certain females don't attract as much security attention as certain male suicide bombers or fighters, but i think now with ramped up security around sochi, females are going to get just as much scrutiny as males. >> reporter: u.s. military sources say two navy ships will patrol the nearby black sea in case americans have to be evacuated from the games. u.s. authorities are also concerned about the distances between the hotels and venues for the games. th they're also concerned about the distances. they say traveling on buses and from convenience could make spectators and those involving in the olympics more under attack. bob orr, cbs news, new york.
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mcdonnell says he'll fight corruption charges filed against him and his wife. it charges mcdonnell and his wife accepted tens of thousand dollars of loans and shopping sprees for their daughter's wedding from an active donor. he said the gifts were an act of friendship and he did nothing illegal. the new jersey legislature says they have decided to combine two investigations into one. christie was inaugurated for a second term yesterday and did not mention the investigation. christie is considered a likely republican presidential candidate in 2016. and a just released quinnipiac poll indicates the corruption charges are hurting him. last month christie was in a virtual tie in a hypothetical matchup with hillary clinton. now he trails clinton 38% to 46%. coming up on the "cbs morning news," rob ford's latest embarrassment. a new video surfaces in which he's slurring his words and rambling. but first, small cars fail big time in the latest crash
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this is just released surveillance video of that deadly jet crash at aspen colorado airport earlier this month. the infrared cameras capture the jet just as it bounces off the runway, slams down, and bursts into flames. three pilots were on board. one was killed. the crash is under investigation. and subcompact cars may get great mileage, but they may not be that safe. the insurance administration conducted crash tests 107b 1 mini cars and not one of them got the highest rating. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest breakdown. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. these vehicles underwent crash tests. if you're going to buy a
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subcompact car, a mini car as it's called, you're going to want to choose carefully and possibly reconsider after you hear that not some but all performed in new crash tests. mini cars are very popular, but buyers may want to think twice. the small light vehicles performed poorly in recent crash tests by the insurance institute for highway safety. >> so far it's not a great look. we only have one out of 11 vehicles that didn't earn a marginal or poor vehicle. >> that vehicle is the chevrolet spark, their 2014 top safety pick. which was the only model to receive an acceptable rating. other popular models like the honda fit and fiat 500 performed the worst. the 40-mile-per-hour crash simulates what happens when the front corner of the car hits another vehicle or a tree. the passenger compartment in many of the cars was compromised, and the steering column pushed back toward the driver, potentially leading to serious injuries. the institute says car companies
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have made significant improvements in larger car categories. >> the message we're sending to the automakers is that we'd like them to implement changes like they've done in other segments of their product line. >> every mini car rated marginal or poor for structure, the most important component for passenger and driver protection. now, the institute points out that while the chevy spark did get that top safety pick rating, it comes in at less than 2,500 pounds and it does not protect as well as a larger heavier vehicle that got the same safety rating. anne-marie? >> susan, the video there really tells the tale. thanks a lot, susan mcginnis in washington. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, what one of the wealthiest men in the world is offering if you can pick every game in the ncaa tournament. wealthiest men in the world is offering if you can pick every ncaa game in the tournament. i used to scrub the floor on my knees. [ daughter ] i've mastered the art of foot cleaning.
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sears is shutting down its flagship store in chicago. they have lost millions. liquidation sales will start this sunday and the store will close for good in april. sears says it's trying to cut costs and rely more on its online sales. asian markets finished mostly higher after the bank of japan decided to keep its monetary policy steady. tokyo's nikkei added a fraction. hong kong's hang seng gained a quarter percent. here on wall street company earnings did not impress. health care giant johnson & johnson slipped. on tuesday the dow went down 44 points. verizon said tuesday it's buying intel media, a company that streams tv channels over the internet. verizon says it will allow for it to develop nextgen services for mobile devices.
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>> and notre dame is getting a new look. the fighting irish will no longer wear adidas. instead they'll suit up in under armour. espn said the ten-year deal is worth $90 million making it the billest deal in college and sports history. >> all right. wendy gillette at the new york stock exchange. thanks a lot, wendy. in sports the women's two-time champion is out in the australian open. victoria azarenka loses for the first time in 18 matches in melbourne. agnieszka radwanska wins in the quarterfinal match in three sets. kansas state hit the late bucket to tie texas at 64-64, but the longhorns get one final shot. >> holmes wins it! >> jonathan holmes's buzzer beater gives texas a 67-64 win. and if that doesn't get you pumped up for march madness, this might. billionaire investor warren buffett and quicken loans have come up with the ultimate ncaa tournament bracket challenge.
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., blowing snow today. atlanta will be mostly sunny. st. louis, partly sunny. and afternoon snow in denver. seattle will see low clouds. toronto's controversial mayor rob ford is making headlines again. for months he denied using crack cocaine until police said they had a video that caused ford to admit in november he had smoked the drug. but he also said he quit drinking.
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well, a new video has emerged and it seems he's drinking again and he's apparently trying to do a jamaican accent. >> they're trying to tell me -- you know what i mean. he's hiding here, hiding here. >> not long after this video was posted, the press caught up with ford. >> you were drinking last night? >> a little bit, yeah. >> do you think that video was offensive? >> no. i was with some friends, and what i do with my personal life and my personal friends -- >> ford says he's running for re-election in the fall. so you'll see a lot more of him. there's a new weapon in the fight against obesity. all a patient has to do is swallow a pill, a very expensive pill. the whole procedure could cost anarsh explains how it works. >> reporter: the makers of this pill say it can help overweight and obese patients lose up to 20 pounds in three months.
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the patient swallows a pill with a balloon inside. >> this balloon will educate them a lit bit about portion size, retrain that brain, change their mind set a little bit. >> reporter: helen lost 19 pounds during the clinical trial in england. >> delighted. it's made me feel so much better in myself. >> reporter: more than 60% of adults england are overweight or obese. health experts warn that the balloon is not a magic pill. >> when they take the balloons out, what happens is the stomach hasn't shrunk, so you're left with the same size stomach or possibly even bigger than it was beforehand. >> reporter: manufacturers say the balloon is designed as a jump start to a weight loss program. in the first few days, patients may experience nausea or vomiting. it is not a permanent fix. hs after it's inflated it's deflated and removed. alphonso van marsh, cbs news,
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london. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning" an update on the blizzard that hit the northeast. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] only aveeno daily moisturizing lotion has an active naturals oat formula that creates a moisture reserve so skin can replenish itself. aveeno® naturally beautiful results.
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those 52 those 52 passengers rescued from a stranded ship in the antarctic ice are back on dry land this morning. they arrived in hobart, australia, today. the tourists and scientists had to be airlifted from a russian research vessel that got stuck in ice christmas eve. the wife of a retired fbi agent held in iran is speaking out for the first time about why he was there. robert levinson was captured nearly seven years ago. he's one of the longest held american hostages in history. christine levinson spoke with bob orr. >> reporter: for the nearly seven years levinson is missing, his wife is backing the claim that he was kidnapped in iran while working as a private detective investigating cigarette smuggling.
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for the first time christine levinson confirmed her husband bob was also working for u.s. intelligence. >> he was working as a consultant for the cia. he was also a private investigator. he was able to do both at the same time in his travels. >> so as he would work on these private initiatives, from time to time he would funnel information to the cia. >> correct. >> her lawyer said she should make a public plea for his release in a bid to win levinson's release. >> there's no further value to continue to deny what everyone in this world knows to be the truth. >> so if the u.s. would come full face and say, yes, he worked for the cia, that might be enough of a show of good faith that the iranians would respond? >> that's our hope. >> levinson has had no direct contact with his family since his capture in march of 2007. in 2010 these documents purporting to show levinson's detention in iran were annan
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newsly e-ma anonymously e-mailed to his wife. they were sent along with these pictures. >> i've been held here for 3 1/2 years. i'm not in very good health. >> reporter: the video sparked hope he'd soon be released. >> leads were followed up and investigations were made, but we've not gotten any new information about bob. >> no further videos have arrived? >> no. >> no further photos? >> nope. >> do you think he's alive? >> i do believe he's alive. >> intelligence sources believe. is /* levinson is likely arrive and still in iran, but for now still out of reach. >> i love my husband. i believe that wherever he is, he's trying as hard as he can to get back to his family. >> the iranians have not publicly admitted they're holding levinson, but his family is hoping improving relations between iran and u.s. can provide an opportunity for some kind of prisoner trade. christine plans to travel to iran to make a personal plea. bob orr, cbs news, new york. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the aftermath of the
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northeast blizzard. we'll look at travel delays and what's ahead on the storm front. plus, the fight in san francisco over google buses used by the tech company's employees. and anthony mason sits down with this year's grammy nominees for best new artist. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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your realtime captioner is mrs. linda marie macdonald good morning, everyone. it's wednesday, january 22. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. nearly 4:30 on this "hump day." we'll get you out the door with a little traffic and weather. >> is it "hump day" already? >> it is.
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>> we are just cooking along! cooking indeed. this could be the tenth straight day of record high temperatures around the bay area. we're going to talk about that and some big changes on the way too coming up. >> and we have already an accident heating up the nimitz freeway. this is the 880 in the southbound direction approaching high street. four-car accident blocking the left lane. looks like we have a little bit of slowing northbound now. i'll have details of "kcbs traffic" in a few minutes. >> sounds good. all right, liza. thank you. bart police are mourning the death of one of their own. kpix 5's joe vazquez has the story of the fallen accident killed by a colleague in dublin. >> it appears there were some words exchanged. >> reporter: just last year detective sergeant tom smith was on kpix 5 telling our viewers about a the shooting at a bart station. -- about a shooting at a bart station. he was 42 a member of a law enforcement family his two brothers cops at two other bay area law enforcement agencies, his wife kelly his colleague a bart poli

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